Three homes destroyed in arson attack in Dublin
Gardai are seeking to identify thugs who firebombed a house resulting in a blaze that destroyed three homes.
An elderly man was rescued by neighbours when the house next door burst into flames following the attack in Dublin.
Forensic experts examined the charred shell of the house on Cashel Avenue in Crumlin as gardai sought to establish a motive for the arson attack on Sunday night.
Local people said the home was occupied by two men and a woman, all of whom are completely innocent victims.
The adjoining semi-detached house filled with smoke and local people became extremely concerned for the safety of an elderly man living there.
Three men living within a few metres of the scene of the blaze managed to bring the elderly man to safety.
One of the men who took part in the rescue said the elderly man, named locally as Tony Kavanagh (75), was in poor health and, at first, had been reluctant to leave.
The local men, who included notorious criminal Martin 'The Viper' Foley who lives across the road, succeeded in helping him from the house.
Foley carried two gas tanks from the elderly man's home after fears grew they could explode if the flames spread.
On the other side of the burning house was a small one-storey unit where a man lived on his own. The fire spread into the property and his home was also gutted.
The house targeted in the attack had been lived in by the three people up to just a few days ago, said local people.
One of the rescuers said: "We didn't hear any bangs or explosions. There were flames and smoke everywhere. We just needed to get the man out of the house."
Mr Kavanagh was treated for shock by paramedics at the scene. All three homes were uninhabitable after the blaze.
One man told the Herald: "We were watching Fair City when we smelled smoke. The next thing we saw a big black plume of smoke. We had to get away as the smoke was so bad we couldn't breathe. The fire took off rapid."
Local people said Mr Kavanagh's brother Gerry, who shares the house with Tony, arrived shortly after his home was evacuated.